|Review: Dark Tower - Eight Spears|
Label: Lab 6 Music
Year released: 2016
Review online: December 17, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 4.07/5 (81.33%) (15 Votes)
Second full-length album by the Rio de Janeiro-based quintet, Eight Spears offers a more mature and significantly better effort than their debut, ...of Chaos and Ascension. What we have here is a visceral stab of Black/Death with some pinches of symphonic elements. Flávio Gonçalves' vocals tend to screams in a Death-like approach, while the twin guitars capture the fierceness and versatility of the genre.
These motherfuckers manage to ally insane powerful guitar lines with melody, as we can see on the majority of the album, especially in tunes like "Burn the Pyre", "Nameless Servants of Damnation" and "Blood Harvest". Like I said, Eight Spears is better than its predecessor in every aspect, from aggressiveness and songwriting to the overall mixing and production – these last two being impressive, by the way, considering the low budget of the band – which maintains the effort musically impeccable. Fans of Melechesh, Immortal and Nile will find a lot to enjoy here, as will fans of Black Metal in general.
Highly inspired work by one of the most prolific Brazilian bands, Eight Spears has very few low points and was constructed to be epic and grandiose, at which it almost definitely succeeds. There are innumerous positive moments and stand out parts, and the orchestration – while present throughout most of the album – was contained to a background role, making way for the brutality and cruelty to take over (wise choice). This album will definitely surprise the unsuspecting listener and will gather new fans to their ranks. Killer.
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